Montcoal by Bankrupts

Bankrupts
Rock
Coal Miner
 

I am very proud of this collaboration with zxyz. He had written and performed this music, and I added the vocals and the words.

It is about the coal mining disaster in Montcoal, about the people who risk their lives because the mine owners believe the safety laws are "nonsensical", as we quote in a snippet of a radio interview with the owner at the end.

It is a problem for the miners who desperately need the jobs, know the dangers, and on the worst days pay with their lives.

I am descended from WVA miners, so this is personal to me. It will never be a safe occupation, but millionaire owners falsifying safety procedures documents infuriates me. They deserve prison sentences, not mere fines.

Lyrics

Montcoal

she never did like living in the city
too many people, too many cars
maybe it was just the way
the night sky looked so peachy grey
as simple as the absence of stars

it's a wild wild world nearly out of control
you do what you must, and you live for the job
the last thing they want is your rock and roll
the company already owns your soul

so let's go, let's go, head out on the road, let's go

he never did like working in that coal mine
I guess you might say he did it for love
she liked the way of life back home in the mountains of West Virginia
felt a comfort from the stars above

when you're a mile underground in a coal mine
the stars are just a mile away
that's what you keep telling yourself
each time you go down there
and in starlight your true love awaits

it's a wild wild world nearly out of control
you do what you must, and you live for the job
the last thing they want is your rock and roll
the company already owns your soul